Bridge: 25 Ways to Be a Better Defender

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Master Point Press, 2006 - Games - 216 pages
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Defense is the hardest part of playing bridge, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to learn. In the final book of the bestselling ?25? series, the authors explain how to make a plan as a defender: how to work out from the auction and play what declarer probably has, and which of the strategies available to defenders is likely to be successful. Opening leads, signaling and discarding are all covered in this basic guide to a vitally important topic.
 

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Contents

Leads signals and discards
11
Thirdhand play
19
Opening leads against a notrump contract
27
Secondhand play
35
Opening leads against a suit contract
43
Active defense or passive defense?
51
Lead the right card in the middle of the play
61
Should you cover an honor lead?
67
The rule of eleven
125
Count signals on leads by declarer
133
Choosing a helpful discard
139
Counting declarers tricks
145
Keeping the right cards
153
Becoming a great defender
161
Unblocking honors
163
Destroying declarers communications
169

Scoring ruffs on defense
77
Preserving defensive communications
87
Building a picture of the closed hands
99
Attitude signals on partners leads
101
Counting tricks for the defense
109
Clues from the bidding
117
Promoting trump tricks
177
Playing a forcing defense
187
Cashing your tricks
193
Defending deceptively
199
Putting declarer to a guess
209
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Barbara Seagram is one of North America's leading bridge teachers. Her "25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know" has sold almost 60,000 copies in English alone.

David Bird is one of the world's best-known bridge writers, with more than 70 books to his credit.

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